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Posted: 12/9/2013 10:00:54 AM EST
Like the title says I have never owned a AR before have been wanting to do a build for a long time.I would like to stay around $600 for this build.Which would ya'll recommend for deer hunting in the AR platform .223/.308?Grown up shooting both out of a bolt action rifle just dont know how AR's compare...Is there any special tools I need to buy? Thanks and look forward to hearing your oppinion!
Link Posted: 12/9/2013 10:03:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/9/2013 10:09:51 AM EST
Here's a post I made in another thread last night. Hopefully it will be of some help to you. I believe .223 is fine for deer with the right bullet and shot placement. .308 can be a lot more forgiving, but you can't build an AR in .308 for $600.

Originally Posted By macphisto:

1. In general, yes. It's very common to build a gun using lower x with upper y.

2. You can assemble a lower with basic tools and an armorer's wrench. Instructions here. I like buying complete (preassembled) uppers, and I think it's a good option for your first, but they can be built yourself if you want to go that route.

3. Palmetto State Armory is very popular around here. They sell solid stuff at good, often killer, prices. You could buy the kit below plus a lower, and you'd be off to the races...

Build kit: http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/featured/psa-16-m4-cmv-rifle-kit.html

Lower receiver: http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/lower-parts/lower-receivers/psa-ap-lower-pictogram.html
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Link Posted: 12/9/2013 11:00:34 AM EST
Thanks alot guys both of those links helped alot!
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:12:46 AM EST
As of right now I am thinking of going with a new frontier armory's complete lower and white river arms complete upper in 5.56. Has anybody used either of these?Does anybody have any recomendations on the charging handle and bolt carrier?
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:15:43 AM EST
Don't buy a polymer lower.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:35:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Enlightenme556:
Don't buy a polymer lower.
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No need to buy polymer when forged aluminum is just as cheap and more durable.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:05:52 AM EST
That is what I was wondering about..how is delton or spikes tactical complete lowers?I realize now there is no way to build this gun for $600 probably around $850 now..but hey you have to pay to play.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:57:03 AM EST
Del-Ton and Spikes are both good-to-to. Most here would probably say Spikes is more GTG than Del-Ton, for reasons they can't articulate.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 10:43:16 AM EST
Hello, Im new to the boards here but DON'T BUY A POLYMER LOWER!! I learned the hard way. Get yourself one of these...


Aero makes damn good stuff, and at 65 bucks.. cant beat that
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 11:12:42 AM EST
If you sign up for emails from Palmetto State Armory you can be informed of their daily deals and sales. I was able to assemble the below AR for just under $650 including shipping and FFL fees and could have gotten a basic rifle for under $600 if I didn't add all the Magpul furniture.http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w104/jimbobrand/IMG_20131125_163752_zpsdcdd63c7.jpg
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 12:34:35 PM EST
Thanks for the info guys..I am going to use a complete lower on this build,due to being kind of a noob at building ar's.The next build I do I will use a striped lower like aro pointed out(thanks for the link ARO).I would probably buy all the parts for this gun from palmetto state armory,But almost everything is out of stock!But I am going to go sign up for the newsletter...
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:35:48 PM EST
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Wow. That's awesome.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 8:43:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/10/2013 8:46:20 PM EST by WTex]
Since you aren't dead set on the caliber, how about 6.8 spc? It should do a better job than 223/5.56 on deer, Palmetto has this kit for $500, add a lower from them for $59 and you should be able to come out close to $600 with shipping. The barrel is made by FN.

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:42:39 AM EST
That is a good deal on that kit!I really want to do a complet lower on this build and then the next build I do, I will use a striped lower like PSA's.Wtex what can you tell me about the 6.5?I know about the 300BLK,5.56,and 7.62 but havent heard much about the 6.5.As of right now I am looking at Marks armory 16" upper,Delton lower,charging handle,bcg,and a mag...is there anything else besides ammo and optics I need to have this thing shooting?
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:39:58 AM EST
From what I've read 6.8 spc was created for use in Irag at ranges beyond what 5.56 was fragmenting, and for closer range when more thump was needed. Bullet twice as heavy as standard 5.56 round at 110 grains. Shot it in a friends Mini 14 and liked it. Only down side I've seen with it is ammo is not cheap and not as easy to find. The Marks/Delton kit sounds like you would have everything you need.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 10:33:50 AM EST
Oh ok..I am going to think on it, sounds like it has a little more nock down than 5.56.ARO where did you buy your aero stripped lower?It looks like brownells has the best price, from what I have seen.
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